Who is defined as a Campus Security Authority?
Campus Security Authorities are identified by function, not title. The definition provided by the Clery Act is intentionally broad to include as many people as possible to ensure all crimes are reported. You cannot decline to be a CSA if your role fits the definition, you are a CSA.
The Act defines four general categories of CSAs:
- University Police Departments
- Non-Police staff responsible for security (such as monitoring university property or entrances)
- Institutional individuals/offices designated as a place someone should report crimes
- Officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities (e.g. Title IX, Dean of Students, Human Resources, Faculty who travel abroad with students, etc.)
What are the responsibilities of a CSA?
Campus Security Authorities are federally mandated to forward reports of crime brought to their attention. The party reporting the crime does not need to be University-affiliated and the report does not lead to police involvement. A CSA may assist a reporting party with filing a police report.
- Accurately report the information reported to you
- Submit all reports in a timely manner, if possible as soon as you are done assisting the person
- Support the individual sharing the experience and provide them with options and resources
What are CSAs NOT responsible for?
- Determining if a crime took place
- Finding and apprehending the alleged perpetrator
- Convincing the victim to contact law enforcement
How do I report a crime?
If you are the witness to a crime in progress or have information about a crime that took place you should contact Texas Tech Police at 806.742.3931.
If a person reports to you they were the victim of a crime, ask if they would like to file a police report. Reporting a crime to the police does not mean charges must be filed. If they chose to not notify law enforcement you must complete the CSA Incident Reporting Form and report the information.
The CSA Incident Reporting Form assist in recording important details for statistical information and can be located and filled out by following this link.
What happens when a CSA Report is completed?
A CSA report allows the University to obtain accurate information about crime occurring on campus or within specific geography areas. Information within the reports are also used for statistical reporting.
It is important that information is reported as soon as possible so it may be evaluated to determine if an immediate notification should be issued to students, faculty, and staff regarding the criminal activity. Timely warnings may be disseminated to communicate Clery crimes and safety tips to the community for situations that may present an ongoing threat.
What Crimes are Clery reportable crimes?
CSAs are obligated to forward reports of Clery Act qualifying crimes that occurred on Clery reportable geography, however, you are encouraged to promptly relay all reports of crime to the Texas Tech Police Department.
- Criminal Offenses required to be disclosed are Criminal Homicide (including Murder, Non-negligent Manslaughter, and Manslaughter by Negligence), Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson.
- Title IX Offenses, also known as Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) Offenses are required to be reported using the CSA form and reported to Title IX. These offenses include Sexual Assault (Rape), Forcible Fondling, Incest, and Statutory Rape, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. These crimes are reportable even if the victim does not consider themselves to be a victim.
- Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action required to be disclosed are liquor law violations, drug law violations and/or illegal weapon possession.
- Hate Crimes required to be disclosed are Criminal Homicide (including Murder, Non-negligent Manslaughter and Manslaughter by Negligence), Sexual Assault (including Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory Rape), Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson, Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, or Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property that were motivated by bias.
What is Clery Geography?
- Property owned or controlled by Texas Tech University
- This includes Student Housing
- Public Property
- All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
- Noncampus Property
- Texas Tech owned or controlled properties that are used in direct support of, or in relation to the institution's educational purposes and are not contiguous to the main campus (includes trips, foreign locations, etc. that meet specific criteria).